Sofia Coppola Leaves the Little Mermaid

Disney is moving ahead full speed on a slate of adaptations of classic fairy tale and animated film stories, but not everyone else is having quite the same run of luck. Universal and Working Title are putting together a live-action telling of Hans Christian Anderson‘s fairy tale The Little Mermaid, with Sofia Coppola set to direct as of this past March. But now that old spectre “creative differences” has reared its ugly head, and Coppola has exited the film. Read More »


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Tinker Bell (Peter Pan)

Clearly Disney isn’t going to rest until every animated character in its stable has undergone a live-action remake. Alice in Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella have already been updated, and re-adaptations of Jungle BookBeauty and the BeastDumboMulanWinnie the Pooh, and Pinocchio are already in the works.

As if all that weren’t enough, just last week Disney announced a Tinker Bell spinoff movie starring Reese Witherspoon. Which got us thinking — what other Disney supporting characters deserve a chance to step into the spotlight? Below are 10 Disney live-action spinoffs we’d love to see. Read More »

Pogo's The Trouble

Video remix artist Pogo has been remixing films into music for a four years now. He has done a number of live action film remixes, including: A.I.Lord of the RingsTerminator 2,  Groundhog Day, Pulp Fiction, and even Back to the Future. But he has mainly focused on animated films, including Disneya nd Pixar: the Up-inspired Upular, the Toy Story-inspired Toyz Noize and Buzzwings, the Monsters Inc-inspired “Boo Bass” and others. Pogo’s latest remix (with video made by Joshua Kershaw) combines a bunch of Disney movies, cutting the live action Mary Poppins with animated films like Peter Pan, , Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. Enjoy Pogo’s The Trouble video remix now embedded after the jump.

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Acme Stroke of Midnight

The stroke of midnight is pretty important in Disney stories. It’ll soon be pretty important to Disney fans, too. Acme Archives will release twelve new posters beginning Friday June 20, and keep them on sale until the stroke of midnight the second following Monday. The posters run the gamut of Disney properties, from Frozen to Lilo and Stitch, The Muppets, Alice in Wonderland, Malificent and others. It’s a pretty impressive spread of Disney work, highlighted by Mark Englert‘s awesome Little Mermaid piece. Check out all the posters, and get all the info, below. Read More »

The Little Mermaid

The trend of producing live-action adaptations of popular animated films continues. Sofia Coppola is in negotiations to direct The Little Mermaid, a live-action adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale Disney made into an Oscar-winning film in 1989. Universal Pictures will distribute. Frequent Tim Burton collaborator Caroline Thompson, who wrote Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride, is currently rewriting the script. Read More »

Live Action Little Mermaid

There are lots of big movie releases this week in theaters and at home, but one a lot of people haven’t been talking about is The Little Mermaid on 3D Blu-ray. Sure it’s just another release of a film that’s almost 25 years old, but it’s packed full of extras and one of the most surprising has now come online.

The Blu-ray features video of the live-action actors who were used as reference for the main characters of Ariel and Prince Eric, Sherri Lynn Stoner and Joshua Finkel. Check out the clips below. Read More »

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Tom Whalen Little Mermaid header

It’s a good time to not live under the sea. Right now, not only are some theaters playing Disney’s 1989 masterpiece The Little Mermaid in 3D, but the Diamond Edition Blu-ray hits stores on October 1. To commemorate both occasions, Mondo is releasing a poster by Tom Whalen. This beautiful 24 x 36 inch gem goes on sale Thursday. Check it out below. Read More »


A small but vocal contingent wants theaters to consider the designation of screens that allow so-called “second screen” viewing experiences. In short, these would be houses where using your phone, iPad, Microsoft Surface (ha ha) or whatever is kosher for use, to tweet and look up crap on WikiPedia while the movie runs.

And you know what? Want to watch a movie like that? Fine, go ahead, as long as (a) I don’t have to look at your stupid glowing screen and (b) people don’t assume they can do it all over the place. Complaint (a) is easy to avoid so long as “second screen” showings are confined to well-designated theaters, but given the high use of cell phones in regular theaters, (b) seems like something that will inevitably take hold.

But Disney is on board with the idea of the second screen nonsense, and is promoting a presentation of The Little Mermaid. Viewers can download an app for use on phones and tablets, through which they can “interact” with the movie and “become part of the experience.” Watch a trailer for this second screen indoctrination tool for young children, below. Read More »

Aladdin's Genie and Sebastian

Even casual Disney fans have likely noticed that the studio’s various animated features often contain subtle nods at each other. Rapunzel from Tangled has Disney fairy tale books in her collection, Nani from Lilo & Stitch has a Mulan poster, et cetera. But what if these aren’t mere sight gags from playful animators. What if, instead, they’re hard evidence that all of these movies take place in the same universe?

In an homage of sorts to Jon Negroni’s The Pixar Theory, Josh Butler posits that 30 of Disney’s animated features share a world. His thesis requires some suspension of disbelief — for one thing, it involves a lot of magic and time travel — but it’s fun to think about nonetheless. Hit the jump to see how Butler’s theory shakes out.

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